HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO START A BLOG?
This is a question that many new bloggers ask, and the answers are all over the map.
I wrote this post to answer all the questions you might have about the cost of starting a blog, including necessary start-up costs and any optional costs. This is how much it costs to start a blog.
As the saying goes, it takes money to make money.
But contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune (large OR small) to start a blog.
Because I build all of my blogs myself, blogging doesn’t cost me much more than my time, my domain and my hosting costs. Which generally can run you from $60 for one year, to $100+ for 3 years.
Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to build their own blog, but that still doesn’t mean that you need to break the bank to get it done. There’s more than one way to skin a cat (as my mom would say). Here’s a super simple way to build that blog yourself.
When I first started blogging, I was a complete dummy when it came to WordPress. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and to be frank, WordPress terrified me. So much so, that I stuck to blogging on the Blogger platform for years.
What a waste of energy.
But I’m over that.
Now, I love WordPress. I start out with free themes, and plugins, then I upgrade once the blog can pay for its own tools
When it comes to how much it costs to start a blog, these are the tools that I use to build/start all of my blogs without breaking the bank:
Hostgator – For hosting with a free domain name
Optin Monster – For newsletter/mailing list automation
Contact Form 7 – For my contact pages, I find that this is the simplest to use.
Canva – For creating social media posts, and blog graphics. There’s a free version that I’m STILL using 🙂
Picmonkey – I switch between Canva and Picmonkey. I find that I use Picmonkey on the laptop, and Canva on my phone. Picmonkey has a 7 day free trial, but it’s super cheap to keep when the trial is over.
Crowdfire – For posting my content to social media
Fiverr – If I don’t design it myself, I use Fiver for super cheap logo design
As far as social media goes, depending on your blog niche, use any one that you find works for you. I mostly use Pinterest, as I’ve found that Twitter is a complete waste of time unless you’re blogging about reality tv and politics, and Instagram is only ‘so-so’ for the blogging/marketing niche.
Instagram is great for photography and travel based blogs. Like I said before, you’ll do well on Twitter if your blog is reality tv or politics based.
If you want your blog to look like you’re not a total newbie, you have 3 options; you can hire someone to design it for you and completely remove the headache from the process. You can purchase a better theme, or use this method to build it yourself in about 30 minutes.
Some new bloggers ask about free email services like Mailchimp, and to be honest, Mailchimp is a great place to start. Their free plan lets you send up to 2000 emails, after that you’ll have to pay, but it’s not expensive (I think their plans start at $10 a month).
It’s really not difficult to start a blog without spending a ton of cash. Start out with free or inexpensive tools, then once your blog is making some money, you can upgrade those tools to include more features.